Last Wednesday my Greek teacher had organized a day’s outing for all his students from several different areas of eastern Crete. This was to be a celebration of the end of the summer term and also an opportunity to meet some of his other students instead of the usual meal with just the local students. It was a full day, starting with a visit to Gournia, one of the most well known Minoan archaeological sites. Gournia is situated on a hill, close to the sea in the Gulf of Mirabello and was a centre of commerce. One of Manolis’s students, Gavin, is an archaeologist who had worked on this site. He was able to provide notes about Gournia and an introductory talk.
We then continued on to Ierapetra after a welcome refreshment break. Ierapetra is an important city in eastern Crete for its greenhouses and also popular, during the summer months with tourists. We visited some of the historical sites including the Kales Fortress built by the Venetians in the 13th century to protect the town from its enemies.
After the Fort we saw the outsides of the mosque and “Napoleon’s House” but unfortunately not the insides. It is still not proven that Napoleon stayed in this house but the people of Ierapetra like to believe this happened….a bit like “Queen Elizabeth 1st slept here” in England.<a href=”https://ouradventureoncrete.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/dscf1234.jpg”> We then left to visit and enjoy a tavern on a beach on the outskirts of Ierapetra. A good time was had by all. I hope you enjoyed the “School Trip” as much as I did!